Live Reviews

BOY WITH THE AMPLIFIER HEAD (Sal Baglio and friends) 9 Wallis, Beverly, MA 10/21/17 A trek up to the North Shore at a new club showcasing ole friends. For 40 years, as leader of The Stompers, Sal Baglio has delighted local audiences with his majestic rockin’ tunes, spunk, and passion. Over recent years, he has also demonstrated another side to his prodigious energy – creating a sweep of low-key, pop-savant meditations about family, heritage, and other memorable characters. Brutally beautiful … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

RITA AND LOLITA  RAT RECOLLECTIONS Rita: Thanksgiving is coming up and it reminds me of when I first came to Boston and Jimmy Harold, owner of punk paradise The Rat, asked me out for dinner to show my gratitude. Lolita: I was the cute red head from Simmons College dancing the watusi at a Gang Green gig and he takes you out? Rita: So I jump in his white cadoo and he drives us all the way up Route 1, past The Golden Banana in Peabody, to a … Read More >>

Noise Live Picks

“+” after an act implies there are more acts on the bill … Fri Dec 1  T MAX @ Breaking Grounds Cafe, Peabody, MA Fri & Sat Dec 1 & 2  HEATHER MALONEY (EP release shows) @ The Parlor Room, Northampton, MA Sat Dec 2  JULIE DOUGHERTY & SUSAN CATTANEO @ Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse, Byfield, MA Sat Dec 2  SIDEWALK DRIVER + @ Middle East, Cambridge, MA Sat Dec 2  TERRY KITCHEN + @ The Armory Cafe, Somerville, … Read More >>

Book Review

THE NEW ANALOG: LISTENING AND RECONNECTING IN A DIGITAL WORLD By Damon Krukowski. The New Press, 2017. 225 pages, hardcover. Review by Francis DiMenno If you have ever wondered why CDs and digital media sound different from vinyl LPs and live performances, and if you have ever marveled at how much the world has changed since the late 1980s due to digital media, then this book will go a long way in explaining the how and why. Some noise, first: … Read More >>

Kingdom of Love

KINGDOM OF LOVE  –  EARNING THEIR KARMA by Harry C. Tuniese There are many directions that bring you home. Some start very young with parents, siblings, and friends encouraging uniqueness and experience. Some ideas may take and others may just drift on by (“What about your soul?/ I can’t hold on, but I can’t let you go!”). Positive good vibrations – taking nothing for granted – adds to the luster of each Life. Having seen Linda Viens in numerous band … Read More >>

Roz & the Rice Cakes

ROZ & THE RICE CAKES                                                     by Eric Baylies Roz & The Rice Cakes have been playing and touring for roughly a decade. The Providence based band is a strange hybrid of pop hooks and prog rock. I spoke with lead singer Roz Raskin about the future and past of one of Rhode Island’s brightest … Read More >>

CD Reviews

WILLY MASON So Long Baby Shoes 6 tracks Willy Mason is a singer-songwiter from Martha’s Vineyard. He plays with a full band sometimes but its just him on this record. I lived on the Vineyard for a while, so I am always weary of acoustic solo stuff from the musical hell that gave us James Taylor and Carly Simon. I am happy to say that Willy Mason destroys that archetype and hopefully creates a new one. The opening lines on … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

RITA AND LOLITA GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN Rita:  Every October, my sister the witch, celebrates Halloween and it always reminds me how sad it is that just a few hundred years ago in Salem, people of her ilk were banished from society and never allowed to return.  Lolita: That reminds me of a great question to ask some super stars: “Who has left the New England music scene that you would like to see come back? Tell us why?” PAUL MAURAS (Bluesadelic Band): For me I would love … Read More >>